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TV Shows of 2017: What takes the crown as most watched?

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19
Jan
2018

With blue Monday just a few days ago and many of us still in the throws of January blues, some of us may be looking back and reflecting on the year just gone. This time of year we see programmes crop up that look back at the highs and lows of 2017, and here at Focus Clinic we had a look at what TV programmes kept us glued to our screens over the past 12 months?

So what were the most popular TV programmes of 2017 and which takes the crown for the highest number of viewers?

iNews have revealed the top 10 most watched programmes and shows of 2017 which are as follows:

  1. Blue Planet II (episode one)david attenborough
    BBC1, 29 October, 14.01 million views
  2. Blue Planet II (episode two)
    BBC1, 5 November, 13.97 million views
  3. Blue Planet II (episode three)
    BBC1, 12 November, 13.45 million views
  4. Blue Planet II (episode four)
    BBC1, 19 November, 13.11 million views
  5. Strictly Come Dancing (final)
    BBC1, 16 December, 13.01 million views
  6. I’m a Celebrity (launch)
    ITV, 19 November, 12.69 million viewsstrictly come dancing
  7. Blue Planet II (episode five)
    BBC1, 26 November, 12.62 million views
  8. Strictly Come Dancing
    BBC1, 28 November, 12.28 million views
  9. Strictly Come Dancing
    BBC1, 18 November, 12.05 million views
  10. Strictly Come Dancing
    BBC1, 4 December, 11.96 million views

Turns out the UK are big fans of David Attenborough’s programme Blue Planet II.  With 60 years experience in broadcasting under his belt, it is no surprise this programme became the nation’s favourite as he has produced some of the most influential natural-history shows of all time across multiple generations!

These 2017 results also show the most successful programmes are the ones in the Winter season, and also reveals that us Brits love to watch reality television, especially when celebrities are involved with the likes of Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity featuring in the top 10.

coronation streetWhilst the BBC have the edge over ITV in this top 10 list, when it comes to drama, the latter’s thrilling programme Broadchurch trumped the former’s Sherlock, Line of Duty and The Moorside.  The last episode of Broadchurch held 2017’s biggest audience for any TV drama, with a whopping 11.6 million views.  ITV to take the crown for the most watched soap opera too, with Coronation Street reaching 9.2 million viewers in June whilst averaging an impressive 7.6 million viewers across the year.

boy watching tvThe myth we were all told about sitting too close to the TV screen...

Chances are, many of us have been told the popular myth that sitting too close to a TV screen can damage our eyes.  But research today can confirm that this is a fallacy and most likely emerged in the early days of television when it was feared some colour TVs emitted excessive X-Rays through the vents at the bottom of the set.  Although the myth seems to have stuck, this is no longer a concern with new technologies used instead for modern-day TVs.  However this is not to say too much time looking at a screen is beneficial for our vision and overall health.

How can watching television impact our sight then?

tired watching tv

Whilst you may not be at risk of X-Rays leaving your television, focussing on one thing for a long period of time (such as a TV screen) can cause eye strain and fatigue.  Whilst it won’t cause any permanent eye damage, it can still be uncomfortable.

Symptoms of eyestrain include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Discomfort in the eyes
  • Feeling of dryness in the eye

With this in mind, if you are thinking about catching up on some of the most viewed programmes of 2017, or perhaps you have just found a new series to watch, it is worth remembering to take breaks from the screen to ensure your vision is at its best!

Sources

iNews

Eden

BBC

Boots WebMD

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By: David
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